The Explorer’s Daughter

About the Book:

The Explorer's Daughter: A Regency Romance Mystery (The Reluctant Heirs Book 1) by [Kate Renae]

Title: The Explorer’s Daughter
Series:
The Reluctant Heirs
Author: 
Kate Ranae
Release Date: 
October 9, 2021
Genre:
Regency Romance

When Adeline Dawson arrives at Fairstone Hall, her past is enshrouded in mystery. She comes as if she’s running from something, with no lady’s maid and little to carry. The only thing of importance she brings with her is an invitation – because the residents of Fairstone Hall are technically family.

William Wakefield is the young, brooding earl who resides at the grand manor. He knows Adeline only as his recent sister-in-law, but has never laid eyes on her until she came to his home. After less than amiable first impressions, the two seem unlikely to be friends. But as William observes her, he sees her kindness, resilience, and an invisible burden she carries. He becomes determined to overcome his broody demeanor to help her if he can – but could never predict that his heart would be at risk.

Della is equally determined to protect herself – and her secret. But as she races the clock to save the things she loves most, she fights an unexpected battle between love and loyalty. Things begin to spiral out of control, and she begins to doubt both herself and her ability to choose what’s right.

As the mystery of Fairstone Hall unravels, the truth seeps into the light: one of love and burdens that surround the standoffish earl and the explorer’s daughter.

The Explorer’s Daughter is a clean regency romance and mystery. It is a standalone novel and Book 1 in The Reluctant Heirs series.

Book Review:

Oh my goodness! I was blown away by this book. It was sooo good! This is Ms. Renae’s first book, but it was simply amazing. I loved the fascinating plot and the adorable characters. I was honestly a little bit worried about reading this because I’m not super into Regency books, but I really loved The Explorer’s Daughter 🙂

Adeline(Della)’s idyllic world has fallen apart, and she’s forced to go to her brother in law’s house with a huge secret. William Wakefield has no idea how to interact with people, but his intriguing sister in law has captured his notice. He’s determined to get to know her better, and Adeline is equally determined to protect her secrets at all costs.

Adeline was such a fun, spirited character! She was so strong and loyal even through a ton of challenges. I loved how there wasn’t a ton of drama between her and William. There was the normal hesitation to share with each other, but it was definitely not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I thought William was so adorable! He felt very Mr. Darcylike to me because he seemed super aloof, but he was actually just shy. I loved all the little things that he would do for Della like buying her a copy of Frankenstein. I feel like they fit together really well too. They were both kinda homebodies, but Della added some much needed light in William’s life.

I loved this book! The plot was super interesting without being overly dramatic and stressful. The characters were so loveable, and the side characters made the book so much better! I’m hoping that Rose and Lidia will get their own books too. This is a clean, Regency set book that I would totally recommend even if Regency isn’t your first choice!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Right Here Waiting

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Right Here Waiting by Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Right Here Waiting (Deep Haven Collection Book 6) by [Susan May Warren, Michelle Sass Aleckson]

Series: Deep Haven Collection #6

Author: Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: November 9, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She doesn’t belong in his world—but she’s determined to try.

Sled dog musher and outdoor adventurer Nick Dahlquist doesn’t mean to be a loner—he just feels at home in the woods, with his dogs, and online in his vlogging world, where he’s amassed nearly a million viewers. But he’s just a simple guy, with simple goals—care for his dogs, teach people how to survive the cold, and run the Iditarod. Unfortunately, life turns cold when his lead dog is injured, and he’s low on funds. Good thing he has LadyJHawk to chat with. She’s become an online friend he can turn to, and he’s starting to need her more than he’d like to admit. But the last thing he wants is for some random woman to show up on his doorstep…

Chopper pilot and Texas gal Jae Lynn Washington has been following Nick’s DogQuest videos and Get Lost in the Woods vlogs since she inherited her deceased boyfriend’s military working dog. Three years later, his online friendship has made her wonder if he could be more than a friend. What if she moved to Deep Haven? Would that be considered stalking, even if she got a bonafide job on the Crisis Response Team?

When Jae shows up in Deep Haven—and on Nick’s doorstep—he’s not at all the man she met online. And when Nick is tapped to train the team, he’s pretty sure petite, summer-loving Jae won’t last a moment in the brutal cold—a fear he pours out to LadyJHawk. As their training takes a personal turn, their chilly start begins to thaw. But what will happen if he discovers that Jae and LadyJHawk are one and the same?

When a blizzard strikes, and the CRT is called out into the storm, more than just their relationship is at risk…

Cozy up to this delightful twist on You’ve Got Mail set in the snowy escape of Deep Haven.

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Book Review:

*happy sigh* We’ve come to the end of the Deep Haven series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and meeting all these new characters! These authors have beautifully taken Ms. Warren’s work and added their own spin on it. I am so happy Nick finally got his own book! And I loved that a little bit more diversity was added to this series too 🙂

Nick Dalquist’s life has fallen apart. Not only does he have to watch the love of his life fall in love with another man, he also is in danger of losing his entire business. The only person he can open to is LadyJHawk, an online friend that he’s chatted with for years. Jae owes Nick Dalquist her life. He’s the one who inspired her to start living again, but he only knows her as LadyJHawk. When she gets the opportunity to move to Deep Haven, she jumps at the chance. It’s not just a desire to meet Nick though Jae longs for a real community, one where she would finally fit in. But will Jae and Nick have the courage to step out of an online relationship and into a real one?

I loved how Ms. Aleckson handled Nick’s character! To be honest I totally thought he was going to end up with Vivian, but once I met Jae, I realized they made so much more sense together. Nick had never really opened up to Vivian. He put up a front for her instead of showing her who he really was. On the other hand, he showed Jae everything whether by telling her or LadyJHawk. He did have to learn to take risks though in the real world and believe that love was worth the risk of trying and failing.

I loved Jae’s character! I am a bit biased because I’m so happy that an Asian American character was added, but I also just love her! As you can probably tell by all the exclamation points 🙂 I loved how strong she was even though she was struggling with a lot of different things. Jae was searching for her community, but she had to learn that if she wanted a community, she had to let people in.

This was a super satisfying end to a wonderful series! Everyone is happily paired off, and we are once again saying goodbye to Deep Haven. Fingers crossed that we get another series though! I would personally love to see any of the main character’s kids. This is a clean, Christian romance that I would totally recommend to anyone who wants the small town feel!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan May Warren
Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at www.michellealeckson.com.

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Second Sleep

About the Book:

Second Sleep (Stanley Book 11) by [Diane Stanley]

Title: Second Sleep
Author: 
Diana Stanley
Publisher:
Quill Tree Books
Release Date: 
November 2, 2021
Genre:
Children’s Fiction

o get Max and Rosie’s minds off their mother’s mysterious disappearance, their grandmother, Mozelle, suggests that they visit the old log cabin where their mom spent her summers as a child. This is a place where, when it gets dark, you go to bed. But according to Mozelle, their mother had her happiest dreams during her nights at the lake. T

That first night, Max and Rosie travel in their dreams to an almost impossibly beautiful place where they meet a wonderful new group of friends. But was it really just a dream? Or is there something extraordinary and magical about this compound by the lake?

As Max slowly grasps what is really going on, he wonders if he might have found the key to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance—and how to bring her safely home.

Book Review:

I have always enjoyed middle grade novels. I am older now, but I’m still reading and loving them! However I haven’t had a chance to review any until now. Second Sleep is a wonderful book. It has mystery, friendship, and touches of a dreamlike magic which makes sense since it’s all about dreams.

Max and Rosie’s mother has disappeared. No one knows where she went, and no one knows when she will return. Without their mother Max, Rosie, and their father start drifting away from each other. So their grandmother suggests they visit the old log cabin their mother used to spend her summers in. The first night Max and Rosie travel in their dreams to a strangely beautiful place. They meet new friends that seem so real that they wonder whether it was actually a dream. Max slowly starts to realize that this wonderful dream world might be the key to finding his mother and bringing her home.

This was such an interesting book, and honestly, I’m still trying to wrap my head around some of it. Max is trying to figure out how to navigate his life without his mother, and one of the things that really helped him was his friends in the dream world. I’m going to try and explain this, but I do think that half of the appeal is that it doesn’t totally make sense. After all, magic is never as fun when it’s explained all the way.

The dream world is filled with all the different kids who’ve spent summers in the lake. The fascinating thing though is that it’s all the kids from years before. For example, Max befriends a girl named, Lila who is 40ish years old in his time. But in the dream world, Lila is the same age as Max. As the days go by, Max starts to realize that this dream world holds clues to his mother’s disappearances. And it might even help him bring her home.

I thought that Ms. Stanley did an amazing job in keeping the plot moving with so many surprises. But I loved how there was a lot more emphasis on how much the characters were growing. The dream world was doing amazing things on Max and Rosie especially with the influence of their new friends. And the beautifulness of the nature around them. I would totally recommend this beautiful, magical book. There is a brief mention of a gay marriage.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill

About the Book:

First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill by [Jennifer Beckstrand ]

Title: First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill
Series:
Huckleberry Hill
Author: 
Jennifer Beckstrand
Publisher:
Zebra Books
Release Date: 
September 28, 2021
Genre: 
Amish Fiction

Before irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth became Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s most-beloved matchmakers, they were mismatched young lovers facing seemingly impossible obstacles . . .

She can’t cook, sew, sing, or clean. And no matter how hard young Anna Yoder tries, she’d much rather help people in trouble than be a well-behaved pretty face and properly perfect Amish maidel. So she instantly reaches out to her old schoolmate, Felty Helmuth, when their Amish town ostracizes him for his Korean War army service. He’s still the only one who’s ever understood Anna—and liked everything from her green Jello carrot salads to her love of books. And this holiday season, she can’t help hoping that somehow she and Felty can find a way to be the perfect match . . .

Felty sensed he was called by Gotte to serve his country, though it went against his community’s peaceful ways. Troubled by his wartime experiences, he is resigned to being an outsider avoided by most eligible Amish girls. But lively, intelligent Anna has grown into a warm-hearted generous woman who accepts Felty for who he is. And in the face of family and community opposition, he and Anna will take a leap of faith to prove they are made for each other—and a lifetime of happiness.
 

Book Review:

I have read so many of the Huckleberry Hill series, and one of the best things about them has always been Anna and Felty! The whole series is centered on the fact that Anna is trying to set up all of her great-grandchildren and grandchildren. They are hilarious, head over heels for each other, and completely confident in who they are. That’s why it was so interesting to see them insecure and unsure.

First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill is a prequel to the amazing Huckleberry series! It can be read as a stand alone, but I think it’s more fun to read it after the other books. Anna Yoder knows exactly what it feels like to be an outcast. She can’t cook, sew, or be anything that a good Amish girl should be. So when Felty Helmuth is ostracized after returning home from the Vietnam War, she can’t stay away. But what happens when she falls for the young soldier she can’t have?

I totally adored this book! Throughout the Huckleberry Hill series, Felty and Anna always know exactly what to say. They still mess up, but they’re both secure in who God has made them. In this book, we’re able to see how hard they had to work to get there though. Anna isn’t a total outcast in the sense that people dislike her, but she’s simply forgotten. Mothers think she’s sweet, but not good enough for their sons, and she’s never fit in with the other girls. Despite all of that, Anna has never lost her sense of joy and compassion towards others. I loved how much she cared about everyone, even those who were cruel to her. And it was so cute how Felty helped build her confidence!

Felty knew that God had called him to fight in the war despite the Amish’s vows of nonviolence. Even though he knew it was the right thing to do, it was still hard to come home to hate. Luckily, the one person whose opinion he cared the most about stuck by him. He has had a crush on Anna for years, and now that he was back he loved her even more. I adored Felty! I loved how rooted he was in his decision to follow God anywhere. He had a lot of deep scars, physically, emotionally, and mentally from the war, but he refused to grow bitter or cold. He even tried his hardest to show kindness to the other Amish.

I think one of my favorite things about this book was the constant theme of the need to be kind. It would have been really easy for Felty and Anna to become angry, but they chose to love others and find joy in life. And that brings up another one of my favorite things, there was still that steady humor in all the Huckleberry books! I adored this clean, romance, and I would recommend it to anyone who liked the other Huckleberry books. Or even anyone who loves a good Amish romance!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

The Prince’s Bargain

About the Book:

The Prince's Bargain (The Elves of Lessa Book 3) by [K.M. Shea]

Title: The Prince’s Bargain
Series:
The Elves of Lessa, Book 3
Author: 
K M Shea
Release Date: 
July 20, 2020
Genre: 
Fantasy

When Prince Arvel was declared the heir to the throne, he was ignorant of all the forthcoming unpleasantness the title would bring him. Nobles who used to ignore him now seek to manipulate and control him. Even worse, his attendance is mandatory at every social function and party.

Every. Party.

So when the time comes for an elf translator to be assigned to him, Arvel jumps at the chance to get closer to the beautiful female translator he has seen studying in the library at all hours of the day.

Myth, a mere translator with a knack for languages, never expected to be yanked into the secret power struggle between the human nobles. But once she is given the assignment of Translator to Prince Arvel, she discovers danger can lurk in dazzling ballrooms and inane social exchanges.

As an elf ignorant to human customs, Myth feels woefully unprepared for her new role. No matter how much she studies, books can’t tell her how to survive a prince who is too charming and warm, or the traitorous nobles who seek to harm him.

When Myth is attacked, Arvel realizes there’s nothing he won’t do to see that she is made safe again. But to outwit his enemies, he’ll need Myth’s help and language skills.

They have gone through their lives being competent and self-reliant. But if they can work together, they and their people will never be the same.

Book Review:

I loved this book so much because it was just so amazing. I completely agree! It was a wonderful addition to the series. I  know! We all loved it, and usually if one person really likes it, the others are more eh.You know I love books that are funny, but this one balances the humor with heart and adventure. And I enjoyed the characters so much because you have all of the characters from the old book plus one new one. Myth! Totally! Characters are always my favorite part. Though I have to remind you of another new character, Blaise! She is so fun and interesting, I hope to see more of her soon! Oh my gosh, I loved the new characters! It was so cool to read about Arvel. You’re so right. I can’t wait for the next book about her.

Myth was so great especially because she was such a different character from Tari and Fyn. Myth is more of an intellectual. She fights with her words instead of her fists, and I loved that about her. It’s so refreshing to have a character that is not physically strong because not a lot of people can run marathons and fight with swords. She is much more like me and you than the others. She loves books and realizes that she is not really a warrior. Though she would love to help in battle, she realizes that she is better suited elsewhere. I don’t usually like characters like Myth because she isn’t a lot like me. But I adored her. And Arvel was so sweet. Ms. Shea did such a great job of fleshing out his character more. Yeah, I really enjoyed reading about him. He was so funny, especially how he tried so hard to run away from social events! Yes, Arvel was a great character, I loved everything that made him different from the other heroes. He was more thoughtful instead of just rushing into battle and I loved how he loved to read. But his interactions with Ben were still hilarious! I feel like they really were like brothers! So different and yet so connected! They reminded us of how we interact with each other. 🙂

Okay, and the love story between Myth and Arvel was so cute! Oh they were so adorable. I think that something that was really sweet was how he noticed her. Any bookworm can say that noticing someone because they are in the library is the cutest thing ever. I loved how Arvel decided that Myth had to be a nice person because she spent so much time in the library. That was so cute! And very complimentary to bookworms like us! We want to meet someone like Arvel, who will fall in love with us because of books and loves books just as much as we do.  I am always willing to read a book about a fellow bookworm, especially about two bookworms who fall in love. I love how they help each other and support each other. They could stand by each other. They also were interested in the same things and I have no doubt that trade will flourish with them! I love how the plot was moving through this book! They really complemented each other and I loved how they helped each other out.  Oh, and this is so unrelated to the whole plot, but I was overjoyed that Queen Fiera showed her ferocity when she stood up to Queen Lucia. I was excited to see Queen Fiera, she really wasn’t in the other books. Maybe in the next couple books, we will be more in the elf world. But Queen Lucia definitely showed her true colors in this book. She was so mean to Arvel and Ben, her kids! She just seemed really cold. I am so glad that Queen Lucia finally got what she deserved. Eh, I felt more sorry for her. She was cold to everyone and never seemed happy. She was just making it hard for everyone else, because of her problems. I really wanted to know more of what made Queen Lucia tick, but it was really interesting to learn a little more about her. The only thing that I was sad about was that there was not enough of King Petryll. Who is hilarious! And a secret mastermind, which I vaguely suspected. I know King Petryll made this book so funny! I loved his interactions with King Celrin. But other than that this was another amazing K.M. Shea book, and I can’t wait for the next book! Seriously, I am not sure I can wait.

Falling for Your Fake Fiance

About the Book:

Falling for Your Fake Fiancé: a Sweet Romantic Comedy (Love Clichés Sweet RomCom Book 3) by [Emma St. Clair]

Title: Falling for Your Fake Fiance
Series:
Love Clichés Sweet RomCom
Author: 
Emma St. Clair
Release Date: 
February 6, 2021
Genre: 
Romantic Comedy

What happens when the man I love to hate becomes the man I must pretend to love?

I can’t seem to escape Thayden Walker and his infuriating charm.

Even his mother and his Great Dane seem bent on playing matchmaker. But I’m totally immune.

Until I’m presented with an offer that puts my ability to withstand him to the test. If I marry Thayden, all my student debt goes poof, and he’ll take over the family firm.

There’s so much more at stake than money or a job, especially when I start to see the man beneath the mask.

Playing house with Thayden is the most dangerous game of all.

And we’re both set up to lose more than we could ever win. Unless we’ve been on the same side all along …

Book Review:

I have read all of the books in the Love Cliche series, and I have loved them all! They are the kind of the books that make me laugh out loud, but Falling for Your Fake Fiance was definitely my favorite. It was so funny, and I loved seeing Delilah and Thayden together. They were adorable, and they had so much hidden depth to them. I really liked how Delihah was finally letting someone behind all of her walls.

The Love ClichĂ© series is about  five friends who all fall in love through various clichĂ©s. The first one is about Abby who falls in love with her best friend’s twin, then Zoe who falls in love with her boss, and now, Delilah who falls in love with her fake fiance! I would recommend all of the books in this series, and I did read them in order. They could be read as stand-alone, but I think they were way more enjoyable to read in a series. 

You meet Delilah in Abby’s book, but you don’t really get to see her until her own book. She’s the nice one in their group of crazy, but she has a lot of secrets to hide. I really liked how realistic it felt to see how her childhood was still affecting her, but it wasn’t overdone at all. While Delilah had a lot of issues to deal with from her past, it was nice to see her as a whole person. Her past definitely helped shaped her, but I liked getting to see the other things that made her Delilah. She loved to read, and I mean who doesn’t like reading a book about a fellow reader! And I loved reading her banter with Thayden.

Thayden was such a sweetheart. He seemed like he was a player, but he actually wanted a stable, lasting relationship. And watching him try and woo Delilah was adorable. Even though she tried to push him away, he was determined to stay. We also got to see Gavin again when Thayden went to him for advice which was super funny. There were so many hilarious scenes in this book though. Some of which made me literally laugh out loud when I was supposed to be quiet. There are some inneudoes, but nothing is shown and it’s a clean, leaning towards closed door rom-com. I would recommend it for teenagers maybe thirteen years old and up. This was an amazing book! And I cannot wait to see Harper and Chase’s story.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review

Fifty Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

About the Book:

Title: Fifty Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers
Author: 
Caela Cater
Publisher:
Quill Tree Books
Release Date: 
October 19, 2021
Genre: 
Children’s Fiction

No one can figure out what Gwendolyn Rogers’s problem is—not her mom, or her teachers, or any of the many therapists she’s seen. But Gwendolyn knows she doesn’t have just one thing wrong with her: she has fifty-four.

At least, according to a confidential school report (that she read because she is #16. Sneaky, not to mention #13. Impulsive). So Gwendolyn needs a plan, because if she doesn’t get these fifty-four things under control, she’s not going to be able to go to horse camp this summer with her half-brother, Tyler.

But Tyler can’t help her because there’s only one thing “wrong” with him: ADHD.

And her best friend Hettie can’t help her because there’s nothing wrong with Hettie. She’s perfect.

So Gwendolyn is hopeless until she remembers the one thing that helped her mother when her own life was out of control. Or actually, the twelve things. Can these Twelve Steps that cured her mother somehow cure Gwendolyn too?

Book Review:

I am a huge reader, and I read a lot faster than most people. But I don’t normally finish a book in one day unless it was amazing. Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers was one of those books. Ms. Carter has written a beautiful story, and it places you right in Gwendolyn’s head. You’ll root and cheer for Gwendolyn and you will feel for her every step of the way. It was almost making my heart hurt how badly I felt for her!

Gwendolyn Rogers knows something’s wrong with her. After she reads a school report, she knows that there’s actually fifty-four things wrong with her including being socially inept, picky about appearance, and forgetful. But if Gwendolyn wants to go to horse camp with her half-brother, Tyler, she’ll have to figure out how to get her fifty-four things under control. And she remembers that her mother did Twelve Steps to help her when her life was out of control. Maybe the same steps that helped her mother can help her too?

There were so many wonderful things about this book, but above all I loved the rawness of Gwendolyn’s voice. She was trying so hard to be perfect, and I felt incredibly bad for her as she tried to “fix” herself. And I thought it was eye opening to see how many thoughts and feelings she had inside her head. One of the reasons why I love reading books is because it gives you so much empathy for people. Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers was one of those books. It shows you how other people are struggling, and I believe it will help children to show kindness especially to people who are “weird”.

Thankfully, Gwendolyn had a lot of wonderful people in her life show kindness to her. I loved Tyler, and how the two of them clicked in such a wonderful way. It was hard for Gwendolyn because she adored her brother, but it was clear to her that her mother and her friends did not. But I really appreciated how her mother was not painted as the villain. She was a single mother who was trying to help her daughter, but all of her ideas weren’t working. They had to learn how to communicate with each other instead of going straight to fighting. This was a wonderful book that I would definitely recommend to a middle schooler and their parents! I love how the importance of communication was shown, and I think parents and children talking though this book would also be helpful. There is a prominent theme of a non binary individual.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Royally Rearranged

About the Book:

Royally Rearranged: A Sweet Royal Romcom by [Emma St. Clair]

Title: Royally Rearranged
Author: 
Emma St. Clair
Release Date: 
September 30, 2021
Genre: 
Rom-com

There WILL be a royal wedding. The only question–who will be my groom?

An arranged marriage isn’t the worst fate for a princess like me. Especially because I’ve been in love with my intended groom since we were children.

But when my prince shows up with an American girlfriend instead of an engagement ring, all arrangements are off.

The clock is nearing midnight–I won’t turn into a pumpkin, but if I’m not wed by summer’s end, I’ll forfeit my kingdom.

Just your typical royal dilemma.

Out of sheer desperation, I make a deal with a devilish duke. Rafe de Silva is the prince’s rival and has a plan so ridiculous it just might work.

Book Review:

Emma St. Clair’s newest rom com is just as good as the rest of the Love Cliché series! I absolutely adored it. I loved the Love Cliché series, and I’m a sucker for anything with royalty, so this was right up my alley 🙂

Serafina knows exactly what her life is going to be like. She’s going to marry the love of her life and rule with him at her side. But what happens when she learns that the love of her life has a girlfriend! Serafina’s heart is broken, and to make matters worse, if she doesn’t marry in 2 months, then she’ll lose the monarchy. So she starts to chase her prince, but it turns out he isn’t who he seemed to be. And a roguishly handsome duke isn’t who he seems either.

Okay, let’s start with Serafina because she was awesome! I loved how realistic and relatable she was as she tried to figure out her heart. She was considered the Ice Princess, but she had so much emotions and heart underneath her facade. I was so proud of her as she learned how to find her voice. And I am so grateful that she realized Callum was a jerk! I liked how she didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes either like hating on Brit, Callum’s girlfriend, or believing a lie that Callum told about Rafe.

And Rafe oh my gosh I loved him sooo much! He seemed to be a playboy, but he was actually a sweetheart underneath all of his smirks and arrogance. I loved how much he cared for Serafina. It was so cute how he genuinely thought she was the smartest, prettiest, and best person ever! Also, I loved how he had a special nickname for her that was just adorable. I felt so bad for him as you learned more about his past with his uncle. Ms. Clair did an excellent job of writing a very hateable character!

It was interesting to read about the mental health journey he had to take too. I thought it was a very important addition to the book especially since it’s such a taboo topic for men. I think it just shows how it takes strength to face your fears and work through them, and it doesn’t make you any less of a man. 

That said, while this book added this heavy topic, I think it was balanced well with a lot of laughter and fun. This is still a rom com, and there were plenty of parts where I was laughing out loud. Some moments are a little bit closed door, but it’s always in a more humorous context. I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance books with reformed playboys and strong princesses!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

One moment, Rafe seems to relish making the prince jealous.

And the next… he’s making me question everything with his words, his touch, and his ability to melt my Ice Princess persona.

I’m not always given the luxury of choice, but now I have a huge one to make. I only hope I don’t lose my crown, my heart, or myself in the process…

Mind the Gap

About the Book:

Mind the Gap by [Erynn Mangum]

Title: Mind the Gap
Author: 
Erynn Mangum
Release Date: 
September 30, 2021
Genre: 
Christian Rom-Com

Book Review:

I have read and owned almost all of the Erynn Mangum books, so I was over the moon excited to get the chance to review this one! I love how there’s such a balance between heart and humor. And her characters are always so relatable. Like how in this book, Kate thinks that God must like to hear British people more than Americans because their accents are just amazing! I am a sucker for accents, so I laughed out loud at this 🙂

Kate’s life has fallen apart. After she gets fired from her dream job and her purpose, she feels lost. So when her Gran invites her to go to London, she jumps at the chance. While London was supposed to be a grand vacation, it just seems to highlight all of the anxiety in her life. Will Kate be able to finally trust Jesus with her life or will she hold onto what she thinks her life should be?

I loved Kate’s character so much! She was so relatable. She had everything figured out, and she had to learn how to take a leap of faith. I loved her relationship with her Gran too. Her Gran was hilarious! She was completely free and kind of crazy. It was cute how she was pushing Kate and Oliver together.

Oliver was a sweetheart! While I was a little bit unsure of the whole instalove thing, I think Ms. Magnum did it well. Personally, I felt like it was a little bit fast. But I can see how they were spending so much time together that it made sense. And I liked how it was clear that Kate’s choices were not just for Oliver. She was following what Jesus told her to do and not just a guy. However, practically speaking I think it’s always wise to get godly advice from multiple people and not to rush into decisions.

I loved this book! It was so sweet and fun, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Christian, rom coms! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.